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The Art of Korea

The Art of Korea

Highlights from the Collection of San Francisco's Asian Art Museum

Korea is home to one of the longest and richest traditions in the world--yet it is one of the least known in the United States. San Francisco's Asian Art Museum was a pioneering advocate for bringing Korean art into this country. One of the first museums in the United States to have a gallery solely dedicated to Korean art, it has built up a remarkable collection of more than 750 objects spanning millennia of Korean culture in a variety of mediums.

More than 100 highlights of the collection are included here, along with detailed commentaries by Kumja Paik Kim, the museum's emeritus curator of Korean art, which together compose an accessible introduction to Korean art and culture. Dr. Kim has also contributed an essay that constitutes one of the most helpful overviews of Korean art currently available.
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  • Asian Art Museum | 
  • 320 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780939117314 | 
  • August 2006
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